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iPad 4G under fire for misleading on Australian LTE

iPad 4G under fire for misleading on Australian LTE

Apple's LTE woes with the new iPad 4G look set to get even more serious, with the Australian consumer rights commission accusing the company of misleading buyers and arguing it should offer refunds. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission argues Apple has misled with its "iPad WiFi + 4G" name "because it represents to Australian consumers that the product [can] connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. Hopefully you all had a very restful weekend and are eager to catch up on all the tech news that happened today. Even if your weekend was less than restful, we've still got major news. For starters, T-Mobile is hiking up its unlimited, 5 GB, and 10 GB data prices. Yikes. And we all know how important mobile data is these days. That's why the new iPad can apparently last 25 hours as an LTE hotspot

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New iPad can last 25 hours as LTE hotspot

New iPad can last 25 hours as LTE hotspot

When testing out the new iPad's battery life, AnandTech discovered that the device could actually achieve 25.3 hours on a single charge when used as a personal hotspot with the power-hungry Retina display turned off. This is about 5 times longer than the LTE MiFi hotspots from Novatel and Samsung. The Verizon LTE iPad model, however, is the only one at the moment that has this feature enabled.

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Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype for iPad has been updated to work with the new iPad's Retina Display graphics, though the video quality supported in the app itself still lags behind what many notebooks - including Apple's own MacBook Pro - can offer. The free VoIP and video calling app, now at version 3.8, is still limited by the quality of the new iPad's front-facing camera, which has been left unchanged from the iPad 2. That means it tops out at VGA quality, rather than 720p HD.

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Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

When it comes to new iPad battery life, how long is long enough? Gasps of surprise as Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the third-gen tablet would last as long as its predecessor - despite the Retina Display, quadcore graphics chip and LTE connectivity - have given way to sniping and frustration over whether the tablet gets warm during charging, whether it lives up to the predicted times, and whether the battery is really as full as it ever claims to be. It's not clear, though, whether owners have legitimate concerns or if they're simply complaining for the sake of it.

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Scalpers scramble as new iPad gains Chinese sales approval

Scalpers scramble as new iPad gains Chinese sales approval

Apple's new iPad launch in China could take place as early as April, with the country's safety regulators finally approving the WiFi model, though grey-market third-gen iPads have been available immediately after the tablet first went on sale. The China Quality Certification Center, the country's official safety standards agency, granted the new iPad WiFi its China Compulsory Certification on Thursday last week, paving the way for sales to begin as early as April.

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New iPad color quality consumes 30% more power

New iPad color quality consumes 30% more power

According to a study released this week, the technology behind the vibrant colors of the new iPad's gorgeous Retina display contributes to a 20 to 30 percent increase in power consumption. It's no surprise that the higher-resolution Retina display would be more power hungry, but it's interesting to note that a portion of that may be attributed to the improved color quality.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 23, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. We made it through another work week. Hopefully you're enjoying your spring so far. And even though everyone would rather be spending time outside, there are people still making news in the tech world - specifically, the news that T-Mobile had to layoff nearly 2000 employees is causing AT&T to blame the FCC over its failed merger deal. Speaking of AT&T, it's surely getting ready for the iPhone 5, which we are hearing will have a 4.6-inch Retina Display. That would be pretty baller.

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Anti-iPad: Three Android Alternatives

Anti-iPad: Three Android Alternatives

You'd be forgiven for thinking the new iPad was the only tablet around, given the furore - and the sales success - of the third-gen model, but what if, for one reason or another, you're left unswayed by Apple's shiny slate? There's a world of tablets outside of the iPad, and for the moment Android is the main competition. Read on for our top three picks for the iPad-avoider.

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Perfection is demanded of the New iPad

Perfection is demanded of the New iPad

Too hot, too fast, or just too much attention? In the short time since its inception, the new iPad has been the subject of two separate, high-profile controversies questioning Apple's hardware decisions. The first, by Consumer Reports, discussed what was presented as an over-heating issue; the second suggested 4G LTE iPad users were now finding that they were having a tough time keeping under their data limit for the month, blaming the Apple slate's newfound ability to connect to this faster data network for their high monthly bills.

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